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Grading all 32 first-round picks after Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season

Grading all 32 first-round picks after Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season

Rookie first-rounders Mac Jones, Zaven Collins and Kadarius Toney were among the standouts in Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season.


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Author: Sam Monson

Fantasy Football: NFL Week 7 predictions for every quarterback

Fantasy Football: NFL Week 7 predictions for every quarterback

Predicting every NFL starting quarterback’s defining Week 7 fantasy football storyline.


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Author: Ian Hartitz

Fantasy Football Week 7: 5 to Waiver Wire Add, 5 to Drop, 5 to Buy Low, 5 to Sell High

Fantasy Football Week 7: 5 to Waiver Wire Add, 5 to Drop, 5 to Buy Low, 5 to Sell High

Week 7 of the NFL season is here, and you need the waiver wire to stay alive. Here are players to add, drop, buy and sell.


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Author: Nathan Jahnke

K.J. Osborn Giving Vikings’ Offense Much-Needed Extra Dimension

K.J. Osborn Giving Vikings’ Offense Much-Needed Extra Dimension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Kirk Cousins rolled to the right out on third down in overtime of a game the Minnesota Vikings badly needed to win, Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen were covered.

K.J. Osborn was open on a crossing route, so Cousins delivered a difficult throw on the run and off balance. Osborn secured the crucial catch for 13 yards, despite the ball being slightly behind him and dangerously close to the Carolina cornerback in coverage.

Four plays later, Osborn was diving across the front corner of the end zone to win the game. Finally, in his fourth season with the Vikings, Cousins has a viable No. 3 wide receiver to go to.

“He’s done everything right. I’m just happy it’s now showing up in games and that it’s showing up a lot in crunch time, too,” Cousins said after the 34-28 victory over the Panthers on Sunday that evened the Vikings (3-3) entering their bye week.

Osborn was obviously not the primary option for Cousins on the third-and-3 play from the Minnesota 43. Nor was he the first read on the winner, a 27-yard score on a corner route he used to beat the safety in one-on-one coverage.

“I’ve learned and taught myself, playing under Adam and Justin, to expect the ball every play. It doesn’t matter what the play call is,” said Osborn, who had six receptions for 78 yards on seven targets against the Panthers.

K.J. Osborn (credit: Mike Comer/Getty Images)

Jefferson and Thielen form one of the NFL’s best pass-catching tandems, as Stefon Diggs did with Thielen in the years prior to Jefferson. They draw plenty of attention, though, with safeties often rolling toward them to try to take away Minnesota’s best weapons. That’s why a productive and reliable third downfield option is so important.

“I’m so blessed to be able to play with those guys. Justin’s even younger, and they teach me so much just by their actions and how they play the game,” Osborn said.

Osborn was drafted in the fifth round last season out of Miami, where he finished college as a graduate transfer from Buffalo. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Osborn, primarily picked for his ability to return kickoffs and punts, was one of many rookies last year whose development was stunted by the COVID-19 restrictions that limited offseason activity.

This year, with a regular spring and summer of work, Osborn was one of the true standouts for the Vikings during training camp. Kansas City (1,321), the Los Angeles Rams (1,272) and Tampa Bay (1,247) are the only teams in the league with more combined receiving yardage from their top three pass catchers than the Vikings (1,246) with Jefferson, Thielen and Osborn.

“You can be hidden behind those guys. They get so many touches, but K.J. is so wide open sometimes, you’ve just got to give him the ball,” running back Dalvin Cook said.

WHAT’S WORKING

The offensive line produced its best overall performance of the season. Cousins was not sacked, Cook rushed for 140 yards for his most in 11 games, and the Vikings — albeit with the extra plays in overtime — finished with 571 yards for the third-highest single-game total in team history. That all came against a defense that still ranks in the top five in the NFL in fewest yards allowed, sacks per pass attempt and lowest third-down conversion percentage against.

“We came out there and dominated the whole day,” rookie left tackle Christian Darrisaw said.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

The special teams units are again leaving plenty to be desired. The Vikings gave up a punt block for a touchdown in the third quarter. Punt returner Dede Westbrook netted only 7 yards on three attempts, fumbling once that the Vikings recovered and also bobbling a fair catch.

STOCK UP

Darrisaw made his first career start and took all 89 snaps at Carolina, after rotating in the previous game with Rashod Hill, and kept Panthers standout defensive end Brian Burns under control. After needing his second groin-area surgery of the year during training camp, Darrisaw has finally assumed the vital role he was drafted for.

“I don’t feel anything at all from the injury. It’s completely 100% healed, and the worst days are behind me,” Darrisaw said. “I feel great.”

STOCK DOWN

Greg Joseph missed field goals from 50 and 47 yards in the fourth quarter, after making a 54-yarder on the final play to beat Detroit the previous week. He’s 13 for 17 on field goals this season.

INJURY REPORT

The Vikings are remarkably healthy entering their bye, but their one concern is a big one. Cornerback Patrick Peterson went on injured reserve on Monday after hurting his hamstring late in the fourth quarter against the Panthers. Defensive tackle Michael Pierce, who missed his second straight game with an elbow injury, is on track for a post-bye return, coach Mike Zimmer said.

KEY NUMBER

29.2 — league-low percentage of conversions allowed by the defense on third downs. The Vikings had the best mark in the NFL in 2017 and 2018 before falling off in that area the last two years.

NEXT STEPS

The next four opponents have a combined 19-5 record, beginning with a night game at home against Dallas on Oct. 31. Then the Vikings visit Baltimore and the Los Angeles Chargers before hosting Green Bay on Nov. 21.

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Author: Minnesota Vikings News and Updates from WCCO, CBS Channel 4 – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MRI shows calf strain for Dak Prescott, “optimistic” for Week Eight

MRI shows calf strain for Dak Prescott, “optimistic” for Week Eight

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott went for an MRI on his injured calf on Monday and head coach Mike McCarthy shared the results of that test during a Monday press conference. McCarthy said that the test showed a calf strain for Prescott. The Cowboys have a bye this week and McCarthy said that the team is [more]

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Author: Josh Alper

Christian Darrisaw: Debut Start Met with ‘Pure Excitement and Joy’

Christian Darrisaw: Debut Start Met with ‘Pure Excitement and Joy’


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Author: Craig Peters

Vikings Offense Snapped 2nd Half Slump After Watching Blocked Punt

Vikings Offense Snapped 2nd Half Slump After Watching Blocked Punt


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Author: Eric Smith

Vikings CB Patrick Peterson Out At Least 3 Games After Injuring Hamstring

Vikings CB Patrick Peterson Out At Least 3 Games After Injuring Hamstring

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson was placed on injured reserve on Monday after hurting his hamstring against Carolina and must miss a minimum of three games.

Coach Mike Zimmer said the injury was not believed to be season-ending, so the 11-year veteran Peterson will be expected to return at some point during the second half of the schedule.

The Vikings (3-3) have begun their bye week, but the absence of their best cornerback will be felt with a daunting group of opposing quarterbacks waiting for them after the break. They face Dak Prescott (Dallas), Lamar Jackson (Baltimore), Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers) and Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay) in their first four games after the bye.

Peterson was hurt on the first play of the game-tying touchdown drive by the Panthers on Sunday, after covering D.J. Moore on a deep pass that fell incomplete with 2:03 remaining in regulation. Peterson tumbled out of bounds and clutched the back of his right leg in pain, before needing help to walk off the field to the opposite sideline. The Panthers then moved 96 yards in 10 more plays to force overtime, before the Vikings prevailed 34-28.

Cameron Dantzler, who was a starter as a rookie last year before the Vikings signed Peterson and Bashaud Breeland in free agency to shore up the position, will move into the lineup next to Breeland. Mackensie Alexander is the slot man in the nickel defense.

“I feel fine,” Zimmer said. “Patrick’s played really well. We’ll miss him for sure, but Dantzler’s done decent and so has Breeland.”

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Author: Minnesota Vikings News and Updates from WCCO, CBS Channel 4 – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

Vikings put Patrick Peterson on IR

Vikings put Patrick Peterson on IR

The Vikings have a bye this week and they won’t have cornerback Patrick Peterson in the lineup when they get back on the field in Week Eight. The team announced that Peterson has been placed on injured reserve Monday. Peterson limped off the field after a pass intended for Panthers wideout DJ Moore fell incomplete [more]

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Author: Josh Alper

Stephen Jones on Dak Prescott: Anytime your quarterback gets an MRI, you’re a little nervous

Stephen Jones on Dak Prescott: Anytime your quarterback gets an MRI, you’re a little nervous

Dak Prescott was limping walking up the tunnel after the Cowboys’ dramatic overtime win over the Patriots. He was in a walking boot leaving the stadium. The quarterback insisted after the game that he’s fine, but the Cowboys are sending him for an MRI today. The Cowboys will hold their breath until the MRI confirms [more]

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Author: Charean Williams